With just two weeks remaining in United Way of Midland County’s campaign, the community continues to press toward the goal. United Way is reporting pledges totaling $3,449,475 raised, which is 77% of the overall campaign goal of $4.5 million.
“The next two weeks are crucial as we head towards the final stretch of our campaign,” said Kali Cochran, Director of Investor Relations for United Way. “Each contribution will be invested in vital programs that are life-changing for so many of our neighbors. How we unite as individuals now will help strengthen Midland County in the coming months.”
McKay Press is a dedicated partner with United Way. The company kicked off their workplace campaign this week, hosting employee drawings to inspire participation.
“McKay is committed to making a difference and have a long history of being a part of innovative solutions. United Way is a solution maker. They don’t just talk; they act,” said Jim Nigro, Vice President of Marketing & Sales at McKay and board chair for United Way. “We are proud to partner with this amazing organization to help better our community and improve lives.”
McKay generously donates the printing of campaign materials and other items throughout the year.
“We are so grateful to McKay for all of their support,” said Holly Miller, President & CEO of United Way. “Messaging is a key component of the campaign in order to spread the word, and that in-kind gift helps us inspire the community while saving precious dollars.”
Campaigns across the community continue to launch, while others draw to a successful close. Midland Public Schools kicked off their workplace campaign this week, putting focused efforts into communicating to students and staff about the benefits of United Way. Along with email updates sent to the staff, the schools will read United Way-focused announcements over the PA system.
The community also continues to get creative in how they inspire participation in the campaign. If you drive by Irish’s Barber Shop, see the United Way “We Will Rise Together” sign in their yard and honk, they will put a $1 in a jar. The money raised will go towards the campaign.
Companies like Bierlein and Three Rivers have been working hard to help our neighbors recover from the flood. Both companies recognized that their employees are busy helping the community. Bierlein renewed their corporate commitment of support to United Way, while Three Rivers continues their impactful employee campaign. Cancer Services also completed their workplace campaign, showcasing their dedication with an outstanding 100% employee participation rate.
Midland Cogeneration Venture also wrapped up their campaign with solid results, helping move the needle toward our goal. The company hosted a fun employee drawing. Those who participated in the campaign were entered to win one of two gift cards to Jack’s Fruit & Meat Market.
On the heels of a very successful employee campaign, Jim Fitterling joined fellow Dow leaders to host a North America Retiree event. In addition to sharing how Team Dow has responded to the many challenges, they encouraged retirees to continue to create change by supporting United Way.
“What an amazing community,” shared Miller. “Everyone have risen to every challenge that 2020 has thrown us and their investments are providing hope for so many.”
As we get closer to 2021, the impact of this year’s events have widened the gaps in our community. More people are asking for help for the first time.
If you or others face challenges, United Way encourages people to call 2-1-1: a free service that connects you to answers and resources for all of your health and human service needs.
“You can spend hours searching online for resources or answers,” said Sarah Kile, Executive Director of 211 Northeast Michigan. “211 does that work for you so you don’t have to spin in circles or feel overwhelmed. It is a simple, easy-to-remember way to get in touch with trained professionals who can connect people with agencies that can help. Thanks to United Way donors, 211 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can make referrals to amazing agencies in Midland County.”
With just two weeks left, many individuals and organizations are continuing to rally in support of our community. You can be a part of the change—and your gift will stretch even further. The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation is offering a 50-cent match for every dollar invested by new donors and those who sustain or increase their support to United Way this year.
Week 5 of the United Way of Midland County campaign continues to prove that there is strength in numbers. With three weeks remaining, United Way is reporting pledges totaling $3,010,678, representing 67% of the overall campaign goal of $4.5 million.
While many people are working from home due to Covid-19, that hasn’t stopped organizations or companies from getting creative and inspiring campaign participation through fun, informative events and activities.
In-person events are taking a back seat to virtual opportunities this year. Disability Network—one of United Way’s partner agencies—launched their workplace campaign. Though their staff is working from home, they are aiming towards 100% employee participation, recognizing the needs are great—and the great ways they can make an impact.
Trinseo also kicked off their workplace campaign with unique opportunities to encourage employee engagement in the campaign. They are hosting virtual bus tours to help teams learn about the many ways their contributions impact lives through United Way partner agency programs. Employees can also learn more about United Way through coffee break presentations.
They are also getting in the fall spirit by hosting a virtual pumpkin decorating contest. As a team, they are volunteering at the upcoming Whirlpool appliance sale next weekend, hosted by United Way and Whirlpool at the former Younkers store.
“One of the many reasons Trinseo partners with United Way is because our employee’s philanthropic passions are as diverse as the variety of community needs in Midland County,” said Vaughn Lakatos, Business Communications Specialist for Trinseo. “By partnering with United Way, we can harness those passions toward one cause and have fun working together as a team toward our goals. In turn, as individuals, we’re still able to contribute to the issues we care most about, yet collectively move the needle to initiate measurable impact. Our investment and partnership make our neighbors, colleagues and our company stronger, advancing the community for us and for the future.”
A little competition can help inspire impact. Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union wrapped up their workplace campaign this week with great results and employee participation. Staff participated in a week of fun games, including: a baby picture guessing contest, trivia, a scary mask competition and a Halloween candy jar guessing game.
Also highlighting the spirit of competition, Midland County and the City of Midland are partnering together to host a Stronger Together Virtual 5K Run/Walk fundraiser.
“This friendly competition between the City and the County will raise money for United Way while also getting us up and active,” said Brad Kaye, City Manager.
Starting Monday, participants can register online and then complete their virtual 5K, 10K or half marathon run/walk on their own time. They will enter their times and miles online. The competition will monitor both total participants and total miles logged. All funds raised will go straight towards the campaign. The winner also earns bragging rights and possession of a coveted trophy for the year.
For those working in the office, some employees are paying to “dress down”— and it’s helping contributions go up. For over a year, Mid-Michigan Eye Care employees have paid to wear jeans at work. The proceeds will benefit the campaign. Mid-Michigan Eye Care staff have said they love paying the money to wear jeans, knowing that it goes directly back into our community.
The campaign is rounding the home stretch. These next few weeks will be crucial as the community strive towards meeting the goal. Every gift matters, as the needs are greater than ever before.
Whirlpool Corporation is once again collaborating with United Way of Midland County to donate appliances and to offer them at deeply discounted prices for those in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
The sale is open to the public—no pre-qualification is needed—on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the former Younkers department store in the Midland Mall, 6800 Eastman Avenue.
The entire selection of appliances will be offered up to 50 percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Over 650 brand new Maytag, Amana, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool brand appliances will be at the sale, including:
Nearly 200 nine cubic-square-foot freezers with removable baskets
Over 60 electric and gas laundry pairs
Over 100 side by side and bottom mount refrigerators
Over 80 electric and gas ranges
Dishwashers, microwaves, toasters and more
The event mirrors the first appliance sale that Whirlpool and United Way hosted this July, which served over 1,300 people.
“The sale earlier this summer highlighted the need, so we knew we wanted to partner with United Way to bring this sale back to the Great Lakes Bay Region,” said Pam Klyn, vice president, Global Product Organization, Whirlpool Corporation. “Whether you’ve faced struggles due to the pandemic, the flood, life challenges or simply want a great product at a great price, we welcome community members to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Recognizing the situational needs of those impacted by the May 2020 flood events, United Way and Whirlpool are offering flood victims an additional 20 percent off the already deeply discounted prices. Those impacted by the flood also have early access to the sale on Friday, Oct. 23, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
To receive the discount and get early access to the sale, flood victims must show a special pass they will receive prior to the sale via email from the Disaster Case Managers.
“Whirlpool has been an amazing partner and advocate for our community, especially during this great time of need,” said Holly Miller, president & CEO of United Way of Midland County. “The sale is on a first come, first served basis and quantities are limited, so this special pass for flood victims also provides them with an opportunity to access the widest range of available appliances.”
Flood victims who have not been in contact with a case manager should call (989) 374-8000 prior to the sale in order to receive the pass. Case managers will be on site at the sale to assist those who do not have an email address.
In addition to large appliances at the sale, there will also be KitchenAid small appliances for sale, including toasters, microwaves and blenders.
Freezers were in high demand during the summer sale, so Whirlpool adjusted its available inventory for this second sale to better serve customers’ needs.
“The nine-cubic foot freezer can fit 270 pounds of frozen food, and is a great choice for a family of four or as a second freezer for a larger family,” said Klyn. “We hope the selection of appliances will help alleviate some stress that is currently on community members’ shoulders.”
Payment for appliances will be by cash or credit card only. No checks will be accepted. People are encouraged to bring the appropriate vehicle to take the appliances with them after purchase when possible. Volunteers will be available to help load appliances into people’s personal vehicles. Appliances can be delivered door-to-door within a 20-mile radius over the weekend for an additional $100 per appliance. Installation of the appliances or moving them indoors will not be available. Appliances must be paid for on-site and come with a one-year standard warranty. All sales are final.
Whirlpool is fully donating all appliances to this cause. Any proceeds from the sale will be invested to create positive community change.
For health and safety precautions, masks must be worn at the sale, and social distancing will be encouraged.
We are also in need of volunteers to make this event a success. There are multiple volunteer shifts available. If you or your team, friends or family are looking for a way to give back and volunteer together, this is a great opportunity. Register here.
Week 4 of the United Way of Midland County community campaign marks its halfway point, and support remains strong. United Way is reporting pledges totaling $2,715,470, representing 60% of the overall campaign goal of $4.5 million.
DuPont’s employee campaign has reached 78% of their goal in two weeks: outstanding results that reflect DuPont’s collective commitment to giving back.
“We are thrilled with the ways our team is showing up this year,” said Kayley Lyons, DuPont community relations leader. “It’s our culture. It’s our people. It’s our passions that are making differences in our communities, and our team’s support of United Way reflects our commitment to the area where our employees live and work.”
As part of their campaign, DuPont is offering several baskets that employees can win. The baskets feature unique themes with related items, such as “Relax & Unwind” (complete with a fleece throw, candle, spa gift card, etc.), a “His & Her” basket (with Michigan-themed products) and more. They are also sponsoring a “Barrel of Cheer” drawing where employees who meet certain giving criteria are entered to win a barrel of spirits.
Local Target and Meijer stores in Midland are also running internal campaigns. They are advocating loud and proud to help spread the word. Target’s parking lot boasts multiple “We Will Rise Together” yard signs, while Meijer employees are proudly wearing their United Way face masks.
The face masks are a new addition to this year’s campaign. Royal blue in color with the United Way logo and “Live United” messaging, the masks also reflect the sign of the times, said Holly Miller, president and CEO of United Way of Midland County.
“United Way face masks are certainly a first for the campaign, but we figured it is timely, appropriate and helpful,” said Miller. “The masks also reflect the value that United Way places on safety and heath.”
Workplace campaigns are continuing to kick off across the county including: Trinseo, Three Rivers, Midland County, Yeo & Yeo, and more to come.
The United Way partner agencies create change every day through their impactful programs and services. They also run impressive workplace campaigns, seeing firsthand the impact of their community’s investments.
This week, the Arnold Center also began their workplace campaign. Their goal is to get 100% staff participation. They are hosting special events this month to raise funds, including: bake sales, a silent auction, turkey dinner raffle with all the fixings and a chili cook-off. West Midland Family Center brought their team together as well, aiming at 100% participation.
“The theme for our 2020 Arnold Center United Way campaign is “Givers Always Gain!” said Tony Mediate, development & marketing director for the Arnold Center. “Giving makes our community stronger & happier, helps others, promotes social connections and spreads joy in ways not always realized. The Arnold Center is dedicated to giving this year so that everyone in the community will indeed gain.”
Many local retirees who supported United Way throughout their careers have continued to champion the cause. Creating a legacy of care through their ongoing generosity, local retires—including Dow, heritage Dow Corning and numerous others—have already pledged nearly $475,000 this year.
“Our amazing retirees inspire us with their genuine care and compassion for our community,” shared Miller. “They have created this legacy of care, and we are humbled by the continued generosity and support.”
United Way recognizes generous donors at all levels. The Tocqueville Society recognizes legacy-minded donors who invest $10,000 or more each year. The Leadership Circle celebrates those who donate $1,000 and above. The Young Leadership Circle honors those in their 20s and 30s who donate $500 and above.
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation provides a generous incentive matching grant of 50 cents for each each dollar invested by new, sustaining or growing donors. This innovative match provides an meaningful incentive to be a part of the change.
With just four weeks left, the campaign is scheduled to end on Friday, Oct. 30.